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Page 2 POST-GAZETTE, MAY 23, 2014 Stir Nostra by ProL Edmund Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. TACITUS Modern statue representing Taeitus outside the Austrian Parliament Building. (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia) During past weeks we've discussed t_tie leading scholrs in theEarly and Golden Age of Latin literati. We exam- ined the work of such greats as Andronicus, Scipio, Cato, Lucretius, Cicero, Sallust, Julius Caesar, Varro, Vergil, Horace, Ovid, Titus Livy, and Vitruvius. This week we enter the Silver Age, and our first scholarly Roman from this era is Tacitus, whose proper name is Publius Cornilius Tacitus. The time and place of his birth are not known, but are believed to have been prior to 61 A.D., in Rome, and into an eques- trian family. During his adult year s -.h: a - appointe d to the office of military tribune by the Emperor Vespasian, promoted to quaestor by Titus, and then to praetor by domitian. The last 20 years of his life were devoted to his writing, but unfortunately only less than half of his work is available today. Tacitus is considered to be one of the greatest of the writers of Roman history. His five major writings include: (a) An excellent work en- titled Dialogues de Oritoribus, which relates a conversa- tion between many of the literarians during the reign You don't have to wait until we o this Summer... Call 617-387-5110 to speak with a member of our business development team today! AGLEBANK i www.bankeagle.com I B00-BANK-EAGLE The North End's Community Bank EQUAL HOUSING LENDER Member FDIC / Member DIF of Vespesian, and in which they discuss the decay of oratory under the Empire. (b) Vita Agricolae. a monu- mental biography written about his father-in-law, the famous Roman general named Agricola, an able military commander and ad- ministrator. It is said that the biography is a masterly portrayal which highlights the virtues of one of the most illustrious of the Romans. (c) The Germania, an essay describing the Germanic nations, which contains a geography, political outline, religious history, and social customs. (d) Annales, a multi- volumed history which con- tains the chief events occur- ring during the reign of Tiberius, Claudius, Caligula, and Nero. (e) Historias, a second multi-volumed history writ- ten as a contemporary study encompassing the time frame from Galba to the death of Domitian. It is claimed that Tacitus was a man of dignity and high moral standards, and that these characteristics are reflected in his literary work along with his integrity and his truthful nature. He possessed at good under- stand-ing of the human mind and the motives for human conduct. It is also said that he studied men instead of events. A critical analysis of his work indi- cated that his style was brief and usually went directly to the point. It also shows the absence of monotony or sameness, and lastly of course, it shows a pictur- esque quality or character. NEXT ISSUE: Juvenal ST. JUDE AND ST. ANTHONY NOVENA May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and preserved throughout the world now and for- ever. Sacred Heart of Jesus pray for us. St. Jude, worker of miracles, pray for us. St. Jude, help of the hopeless, pray for us. St. Anthony, most loving protector and wonder worker, pray for us. Say this prayer 9 times a day and by the 8th day your prayer will be answered. It has never been known to fail. Publication must be promised. My prayers have been answered. Favor received. A.T.P. Remember Your Loved Ones 6 The Post-Gazette accepts memorials throughout the year. Please call dl 7-227-8929 and ask for Lisa Res Publica by David TrumbuU Buy a Poppy for a Disabled Vet In Flanders fields the poppies grow Between the crosses, row on row That mark our place: and in the sky The larks still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved, and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: "To you from failing hands we throw The Torch: be yours to hold it high! If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields. -- John McCrae (1872-1918) Each year I see fewer and fewer men on the street wear- ing remembrance poppies on Memorial Day, since 1971 celebrated on the last Monday in May. One year I couldn't even find anyone selling "Buddy Poppies," the paper replica flowers that the Veterans of Foreign Wars sell to raise money for disabled veterans. For more than 80 years, the VFW's Buddy Poppy program has raised millions of dollars in support of veterans' wel- fare and the well being of their dependents. In February 1924, the VFW registered the name "Buddy Poppy" with the U.S. Patent Office. A certificate was issued on May 20, 1924, granting the VFW all trademark rights in the name of Buddy under the classification of artificial flowers. The VFW has made that trademark a guarantee that all poppies bearing that name and the VFW label are genuine products of the work of disabled and needy veterans. No other organiza- tion, firm or individual can legally use the name "Buddy" Poppy. When you buy your Buddy Poppy to wear this Memorial Day you will be giving material aid to a disabled veteran. And when you wear your Buddy Poppy you will remind everyone who sees you of the meaning of Memorial Day. The American Legion also sells crepe paper poppies for Memorial Day. That is another fine organization worthy of your support. Although the United States Department of Veterans Affairs states "The wearing of poppies in honor of America's war dead is traditionally done on Memorial Day, not Veterans Day" many of us do join our friends from the British Commonwealth nations in wearing the red poppy of remembrance on November 11 a as well. This Memorial Day remember those who gave the last full measure of devotion to the cause of liberty. EAST BOSTON KIWANIS Bike Safety Day The East Boston Kiwanis will be hosting their annual Bike Safety Day K. on Saturday, May 3]_014 from I0:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Salesian Boys & Girls Club, 50 Byron Street, East Boston, MA. 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